Interesting Links of the Week for November 14, 2008

by Kevin on November 14, 2008

I’ve been slowed down by a cold/cough this week. I never seem to shake these things easily. We stocked up on generic DayQuil and NyQuil. Hopefully I’ll beat it off this weekend. Ugh.

In the meantime, some excellent things I’ve found online recently:

Alpha Consumer asked for opinions on Recession 2.0, and she was kind enough to put up my response.

Curse of Steel is a fun turn based game I’ve been playing. Be careful, it’s addicting. It’s currently in beta testing (open to everyone), and I’m in 2nd place. Although it looks like my capital will be wiped out before the reset Saturday morning… grrr. Sorry, just had to share my inner geek.

Flexo of Consumerism Commentary saved $30 on his cell phone bill with an online service. Saving money is good. The service was pretty interesting to read about, but I’d imagine you could do the research yourself to save the money of paying for the service.

Money Magazine’s Ask the Mole gives an idea on how to play it safe with your portfolio while getting some of the earning of the market. He combines a high return CD (5%+) for a chunk of the portfolio and puts the rest in a low cost index fund. Interesting idea, but I think overall asset allocation is better.

The Simple Dollar talks about the Small House Movement. Definitely something I would like to do, but I think you have to take family planning into consideration. You can’t buy one of those little 215 square foot houses and have a wife, two kids, and a dog. Just won’t work. We bought a house that we could grow into — 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms. Not too big, but definitely big enough.

Recently the team at DebtGoal reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to join a panel to help shape their new website. It looks to be a social media site with some powerful tools to help you get rid of your debt. I look forward to what the guys are developing over at DebtGoal. Check it out and sign up for the Alpha test if you want to see everything from the very beginning.


the girl @ love God, not money November 14, 2008 at 9:28 am

I signed up for DebtGoal and love it so far, in that it matches my predictions exactly for when we’d be rid of debt – only it’s way easier to keep track of. I wrote about it a bit over at my blog today, because it seems like a really helpful way to keep track of it all. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Russell November 14, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Kevin, do you want to know what you HAVE DONE TO US? When you said your capital was about to be wiped out in Curse of Steel, I thought it was a financial simulation game and you were about to go broke.

I’ll look at DebtGoal, I’ve looked at these kind of sites before but always ended up building my own spreadsheet. The front-page got my attention, with the testimonials, “$84,000 in debt” wow. And I thought I was deep in the hole.

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